Cuban Pete

Bert Ambrose

A British dance band introduces a rumba hit

In the 1920s and ’30s, Bert Ambrose led one of the most popular dance bands in England, a large ensemble that occasionally played jazz.

Because Latin rhythms were popular with dancers, Ambrose and his orchestra recorded “Cuban Pete” on June 10, 1936.

During one of the earliest recordings of a song that would later be associated with Desi Arnaz, Ambrose and singer Evelyn Dall, with the help of an enthusiastic rhythm section, introduced “Cuban Pete” to British audiences on this popular record.

– Scott Yanow

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